SysOps Automation

PowerShell and CMD: Which is best for you?

When it comes to Windows administration, there are two main tools that users can employ: PowerShell and CMD.

PowerShell is a more powerful and flexible tool than CMD, but it may be more appropriate for simple tasks or for users who are more comfortable with its syntax.

In this article, we’ll compare PowerShell and CMD, so you can decide which is the best tool for your needs.

CMD vs Powershell vs Bash

Object-Oriented Scripting

PowerShell is an object-oriented scripting language and command-line shell designed for system administration. It offers a powerful alternative to the traditional Windows Command Prompt (CMD).

The main difference between PowerShell and CMD is that PowerShell gives users access to objects, while CMD provides access to only string variables. Objects in PowerShell can be manipulated more easily than string variables.

Complex Data Types

PowerShell supports more complex data types than CMD, including arrays and hash tables. This makes PowerShell a more powerful tool for manipulating data.

Error Handling

PowerShell also offers better error handling than CMD, so you’re less likely to encounter errors when using PowerShell scripts.

Tab Completion

PowerShell supports tab completion, which can save you a lot of time when typing commands.


PowerShell has a richer syntax and supports cmdlets (pronounced “command-lets”), which are small programs that perform specific tasks. CMD only supports commands, which are limited in functionality.

In general, PowerShell is a more powerful and flexible tool than CMD. It is well suited for complex administration tasks. However, CMD may be more appropriate for simple tasks or for users who are more comfortable with its syntax.


Ultimately, the decision of whether to use PowerShell or CMD depends on your needs. If you require a more powerful and flexible tool, PowerShell is the best choice. However, if you prefer a simpler tool with less of a learning curve, CMD may be the better option. Whichever tool you choose, Windows administration can be made easier with the use of scripting.

Do you have any experience with automating your Windows Administrative tasks with PowerShell or CMD scripting? Let us know in the comments below.

Automation with Attune

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You can automate your PowerShell scripts, CMD batch commands, and processes exactly as they would be manually typed into a device.

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Rapidly Debug Your Scripts and Continue The Job

Attune provides the ability to modify scripts in the steps during a running job without requiring the job to be restarted.

Debug your Script

Traditionally an error in a procedure could stop the entire process, requiring the process to be restarted. By writing steps that remain unchanged when run multiple times, these steps can be tested and re-tested without refreshing the system and the job can be continued.

Rapidly deliver automated procedures with Attune’s simple in job debugging and editing.

Portable, Sharable Procedures

Your team can export Attune’s procedures to a file, and then import them into another Attune. These procedure exports contain all the scripts, comments, and even archives or installers, ready to drop into another Attune server and execute.

Sharable IP

Attune has variables, used to create reusable procedures. Variables take the place of servers, strings, passwords, usernames, and more. Reusable procedures reduces time, effort, and improve quality assurance.

Automated Document Generation

Attune inherently captures and centralises your support team’s knowledge.

Captures logs of jobs in a centralised location. Historical logs are archived for future investigation.

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Your team can export the automated procedures as instructions to run the steps manually. This is helpful for working in an isolated environment without Attune access.

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Post Written by Brenton Ford

I am an experienced Senior Systems Architect and Co-Founder at AttuneOps. I have aided organisations in eliminating repetitive tasks, streamlining processes, and boosting delivery velocity.


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